Firstly I wish to thank Imogen Harris, Publicity Manager of Legend Press for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for HOTEL ON SHADOW LAKE by Daniela Tully.
ISBN (Paperback): 9781787198890 ISBN
Price: £8.99 (Paperback)
Price: £5.99 (Ebook)
When Maya was a girl in Germany, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then, shortly after Maya’s sixteenth birthday, her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void.
Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother’s body is found in a place she had no connection to: the Montgomery Resort in upstate New York. How did she get there? Why had she come? Desperate for answers, Maya leaves her life in Germany behind and travels to America, where she is drawn to the powerful family that owns the hotel and seemingly the rest of the town.
Soon Maya is unraveling secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding her grandmother’s death, she must decide whether her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Can you imagine answering a knock at the door to find the postman with a letter for you that has been stuck in time for over 40 years, the contents of which will not come to light again for a further 27 years, after a grim discovery.
This is some story which was more a case of the book absorbing me rather than me absorbing the book. I just simply disappeared into it and didn’t resurface until it was read. The story spans almost a hundred years as it darts back and forth over four generations of Maya’s family and that of the unraveling hidden family secrets, deceptions and a love story that could melt any heart.
Martha is only a young girl in 1930’s Germany when the Hitler Youth movement is gathering a following of impressionable young men, including her twin brother, Wolfgang and his new-found friend Hans. The story centres round the three of them and the relationships they have and how these prewar years change and manipulate them.
Maya, Martha’s granddaughter is the main character in present day that is just as gutsy as her missing grandmother. She is a strong charter that is determined to finally solve the mystery of why she disappeared all those years ago. The task takes her from Germany to America where a hornets nest awaits her. One that doesn’t want disturbing at any costs.
This is the debut novel by Daniela Tully and as I believe it has some of her family history mixed into the story. It could be this that just made me love this book because she brought every single character to life and every fear felt real both from the past and present day. An intriguing and fascinating love story that has a wealth of mystery and courage. Brilliant!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A Bit About the Author: Daniela Tully has been working in the field of storytelling for decades, mainly in film and television. She has been involved in projects such as the critically-acclaimed Fair Game, box-office hits Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as the Oscar-winning The Help. She currently lives in Dubai.
Hotel On Shadow Lake is her first novel.